On 2/8/07, Tom Barry <trbarry@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
It is easy to imagine the greater dinosaur philosophers arguing that life would otherwise be so improbable that the very fact they lived here for so many millions of years meant this neighborhood of space time was somehow particularly dinosaur-friendly, either as if someone was looking out for them or the system was somehow just very serendipitously optimized for dinosaur survival. In hindsight we know they were wrong. - Tom
And the dinosaurs had a much better argument. Their "ecosystem" did them well for 40,000 times as long as the human "ecosystem" has existed. We could have the same argument you suggest the dinosaur philosophers had in say another 199 million years. For example we could surmise that the human "ecosystem" had served us well since we are still around after 200 million years like the dinosaurs were and though all the ice melted and the earth became water world and we developed fins and gills again it was better than the alternative, thinking and acting to control our environment. Of course since we were aquatic again we had lost our ability for space flight and would not have any ability to deter that 100 mile across object that we did not know was approaching our planet. Of course we had not worried about such happening since they only happen once in a blue (very sad) moon. What's a moon by the way. No one had seen ours in millions of years. It seems to have wandered away. Don't worry be happy, our ecosystem is the best and it has lots of clever ideas stored up just for our benefit. Nothing can beat a "self" regulating system. I wonder what our ecosystem dreams about when it is not thinking about us on moonless nights in the far future, after we are long gone. Maybe it will come up with a new way to control the Earth's more errant wobble or a new way to have tides. But why? Without us imaginative but very needy humans around it may just go to sleep. Bob Miller ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways:- Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org
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